College of Music

UNT piano trio slates free show in series

Thu, Mar 2, 2017 - 7:12am

The University of North Texas College of Music's Center Piano Trio will perform a free concert later this month as part of the Lewisville Lake Symphony's International Chamber Series. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. March 17 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morris Road in Flower Mound.

The Center Piano Trio is three international musicians of varied concentrations.

Lejing Zhou, a cellist from Shanghai, began playing at the age of 12 and is pursuing his doctorate at UNT.

Hao Miao, a violinist from inner Mongolia, gave his first full recital at age 11 and has studied in Shanghai, Germany and Ukraine....

Vocal band uses spoken word, harmony to build musical ideas

Thu, Mar 2, 2017 - 7:22am

By Harrison Long

Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform next Thursday, March 9, at the University of North Texas.

The 8 p.m. concert is in Winspear Performance Hall at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.

Known for incorporating indigenous vocal techniques from around the world into their unique harmonies, Roomful of Teeth's eight members often characterizes their group as a "vocal band." The group is serving as the College of Music's artist-in-residence for 2016-17.

The ensemble won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber...

UNT student to teach at summer academy in Iowa

Sat, Jun 4, 2016 - 6:34pm

University of North Texas musical arts doctorate student Hannah Leffler will serve as flute teacher and performer for the 35th annual Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival, slated for June 26 through 24 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

The residential music training academy serves students grades 8 through 12 from across the U.S. and features band, orchestra and choir, as well as a comprehensive composition, keyboard, and organ program.

Leffler will maintain a private horn studio, coach a small ensemble, and perform with the faculty ensemble, the Movēre Wind Quintet, perform solo recitals and playing for...

Eclectic world music earns UNT Inspiration Award

Sun, Jun 5, 2016 - 11:35pm

By Rhiannon Saegert

University of North Texas College of Music doctoral student Daniel Pardo’s band, From a Land Far Away, is reforming to create eclectic world music, starting with a performance at Gilley’s Dallas this week.

The group is reconvening after winning UNT’s 2016 Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards in April. Their prize, a $10,000 award, will go toward the band’s development.

“The plan is to propel the project — that’s the recording of a CD and videos,” Pardo said. “The idea is to play in international festivals and get it going. Of course, like any entrepreneurial effort, it takes money.”


Richmond named dean of UNT College of Music

Thu, May 26, 2016 - 11:02pm

By Lucinda Breeding

The University of North Texas College of Music has hired a new dean.

Dr. John Richmond, the director of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will begin his tenure as the UNT music school dean on Aug. 1. His UNT predecessor, James C. Scott, stepped down from his post at the end of 2015 to return to full-time teaching.

Professor Warren Henry has served as the interim dean during the university’s search.

Richmond said he and his wife, Jill, are “thrilled” to be heading for Denton, and a new job leading one of the top college music programs in the...